Ian Nepomniachtchi will play Anish Giri in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational final after a spectacular end to Day 2 of the semifinals. Magnus left himself needing to win two games on demand after losing to Nepo, but he did it, following a clutch win in a thriller with a smooth game to force a playoff. The good work was undone in the final blitz game, however, as Magnus overpressed and crashed to defeat. He’ll now play his perennial rival Wesley So only for 3rd place, after Anish Giri tricked the US Champion into a blunder in their final game. (MORE LATER)
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And from David Howell, Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare.
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The final day of the semi-finals was everything we could have hoped for, with both matches going down to the wire. Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi was only decided in a blitz playoff, just when it seemed we were going to Armageddon!
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We’re going to have a new winner of a Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event – who will also earn a place in the final in September – as Ian Nepomniachtchi takes on Anish Giri in the final. Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So, meanwhile, find themselves playing on the final days of their 3rd tour event in 4, but this time only for 3rd place.
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